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November 4, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Monday night at Staples Center, many fans came to harass the contrarian to that ever popular Randy Newman song. They wanted to see Dwight Howard fail because he didn't love L.A. Actually, it was just the Lakers portion of the metropolis that the star player didn't care for all that much. Howard's new team, the Houston Rockets, were here to play the Clippers, a game that was to be, for some, a sideshow to the Dwight Returns soap opera. The real show was a Clippers offensive blitz that earned a few new entries in their record book and was a dazzler for that portion of the crowd of 19,404 that had come to see basketball more than to boo Howard.
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November 4, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Dwight Howard remains confronted by a nemesis his long arms and massive hands can't do anything about: Lakers fans. Many remain bitter over his departure for the Houston Rockets after just one season wearing purple and gold, something Howard has found he cannot escape. “Fans are very passionate about their team and unfortunately the Lakers have the most fans in the world,” Howard said Monday morning after his team's shootaround at UCLA, “so I think it's kind of a tough thing to let go.” Howard said leaving the Lakers after one disappointing season in which they were swept in the first round of the playoffs left an unavoidable distaste for him. “I never tried to do anything to hurt these people in L.A., but I understand that they're just passionate about their team,” Howard said.
SPORTS
November 4, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
When Dwight Howard was introduced in the starting lineup for the Houston Rockets on Monday night at Staples Center, he was met with boos from the fans. Clippers fans even booed him when he first touched the ball in the first quarter. And Howard never even played for the Clippers. He was a Laker, for one season, before he left last summer and joined the Rockets as a free agent. Apparently fans in Los Angeles weren't willing to forgive Howard for his uneven season with the Lakers.
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November 3, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
They are close friends, but Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will be foes Monday night. They both faced adverse circumstances last season, but Jordan and Howard are in better situations now. Jordan does say it will be a bigger "challenge" for him to deal with the dominating Howard when the Clippers play the Rockets at Staples Center. When Jordan was asked about his issues last season with former Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro , Jordan paused and chuckled before answering.
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November 3, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Dwight Howard walked past Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak in that Staples Center tunnel last spring and never really stopped, the allure of less pressure and a permanent honeymoon triggering a Texas two-step. The hypersensitive hulk returns to the same court for the first time Monday night to face the Clippers, having gone from ejected in his final game as a Laker to elated in his first week as a Houston Rocket. "I'm just happy to be on the floor playing, being a lot healthier than I was last season," Howard told reporters a few days ago. "I'm just full of joy. " Why wouldn't he be?
SPORTS
November 2, 2013
HOUSTON AT CLIPPERS, 7:30 p.m. Monday. TV: Prime Ticket. Lakers fans may be tempted to buy tickets for this game just to boo Dwight Howard, who called Staples Center home for one maddening season before heading to Houston. The center has been everything the Rockets envisioned in his first two games, averaging 15 points and a league-leading 21 rebounds. His presence should provide plenty of motivation for Clippers counterpart DeAndre Jordan, who is attempting to steal the designation of being the NBA's top defensive player.
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October 28, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers closed the week with a 4-4 preseason record and an eye on Tuesday's opening-night contest against the Clippers. Wins over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday and Thursday brought the Lakers to .500, giving an idea of what the team will look like while Kobe Bryant  works his way back from injury . Generally speaking, when the Lakers' bench makes a contribution, the team is  substantially better .  One issue for the Lakers...
NEWS
October 28, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
PLAYOFF-BOUND 1. San Antonio 2012-13 finish: 58-24. Coming: Marco Belinelli, Jeff Pendergraph. Going: Gary Neal, DeJuan Blair. Before anyone asks the Spurs to appear en masse on the next episode of "Derek," Ricky Gervais' thoughtful look at retirement home living, let's assess a few benefits of being old and reliable: San Antonio has finished first-first-second in the West over the last three seasons. Plus, the Spurs aren't really all that old; Kawhi Leonard, the team's new No. 3 option, is barely out of his Nickelodeon Jr. stage.
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